Crystal trophies for SBID Design Awards 2016
The seventh edition of the SBID International Design Awards saw the winners receive crystal trophies produced by the Czech company Sans Souci for another year in a row. As a sponsor, Sans Souci thus yet again stood alongside world-famous companies including ABB Group, Natuzzi Italia, Maison & Objet and Wools of New Zealand.
We were yet again the exclusive provider of the winners’ awards – crystal trophies. As this year’s event was marked by the shades of violet and orange, a delicate shade of violet was selected as the supplementary colour to clear crystal.
The crystal trophies were produced by the skilled hands of Czech glass-makers. Emphasising a high level of detail, the execution of the trophies reflects the years of experience, skill and patience of these master craftsmen. The crystal optical block, which had been melted down for several days to remove visible impurities, was cut with the utmost precision. Cuts were applied to each square centimetre gradually in six steps. Using a felt wheel made of camel bristles, the trophies were finally polished to the highest level of brilliance. The resulting facets are thus imbued with unprecedented brilliance and create visually stunning refractions and reflections.
In order to accentuate the globe as a symbol of worldwide design, individual continents were worked using the sandblasting technique, thanks to which they optically stand out against the glossy surface. The small plates glued to the front and bottom of the trophy’s base also give rise to fascinating visual effects. They were attached using a special UV glue, the most significant quality of which is the same refractive index as that of glass, which is why the joints are invisible. The logo of the host organisation SBID is placed in the lower part of the base and, viewed from different angles, creates impressive reflections in the cut sides. To preserve the subtlety and the high level of detail of the inscription, it was sandblasted using the finest of sands.
With increased entries from 43 countries worldwide, this year’s edition was the most globally represented awards yet. Entries had been received from countries such as Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Brazil, Morocco, Japan, Isreal, New Zealand, India and many more.
The winners were announced in late November at the official ceremony held at The Dorchester Hotel London. The violet crystal trophies were awarded to the winners of 14 categories. These ranged from the best Healthcare Design, Retail Design and Intelligent Design, to the best KBB Project, Public Space and Visualisation.
An overall winner Award was also awarded to the project that came out on top after an amalgamation of the judge’s choices and the public votes had been considered. All of the winners and finalists are featured in The Global Interior Design 2016 coffee table book.
Would you like to learn more about the SBID International Design Awards or submit an entry this year? Follow the latest information at https://www.internationaldesignexcellenceawards.com/.